An excerpt from
The Strangest Secret
by Earl Nightingale
Bernard Shaw said, "People are always blaming their circumstances for
what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on
in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances
they want, and if they can't find them, they make them."
it's pretty apparent, isn't it? And every person who discovered this
believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We
become what we think about.
Conversely, the person who has no
goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and whose thoughts must
therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry - his life becomes
one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about
nothing... he becomes nothing.
How does it work? Why do we
become what we think about? Well, I'll tell you how it works, as far as
we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels
the human mind.
Suppose a farmer has some land, and it's good,
fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that
land whatever he chooses. The land doesn't care. It's up to the farmer
to make the decision.
We're comparing the human mind with the
land because the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant in it.
It will return what you plant, but it doesn't care what you plant.
Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed
of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little
holes in the earth and he plants both seeds - one corn, the other
nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the
land...and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was
As it's written in the Bible, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."
Remember the land doesn't care. It will return poison in just as
wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants - one
corn, one poison.
The human mind is far more fertile, far more
incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It
doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure. A concrete,
worthwhile goal...or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so
on. But what we plant must return to us.
You see, the human
mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches
beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.